Youth in Cities: A Cross-National Perspective

Youth in Cities: A Cross-National Perspective

by Marta Tienda
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521005817

ISBN-13: 9780521005814

Pub. Date: 11/11/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Whether in the inner-city ghettos of the United States, the barrios of Brazil, or the ethnic neighborhoods of Germany and Lebanon, a growing number of urban youth find themselves marginalized from the social mainstream, facing the familiar problems of fragile families, residential segregation, limited or no access to education, premature entry into the world of work,

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Whether in the inner-city ghettos of the United States, the barrios of Brazil, or the ethnic neighborhoods of Germany and Lebanon, a growing number of urban youth find themselves marginalized from the social mainstream, facing the familiar problems of fragile families, residential segregation, limited or no access to education, premature entry into the world of work, and involvement in illegal activities. Both rich and poor countries are failing to meet the social and developmental needs of their urban youth as a result of weak institutional frameworks coupled with global economic restructuring that undermines traditional ways of earning a living. This volume compares the circumstances of urban youth from a cross-national perspective, illustrating the formidable challenges faced by young people trying to define their place in a rapidly changing world. Using both comparative evidence and case studies, this volume illustrates the common needs of youth throughout the world, despite the highly varied sociocultural circumstances in which they develop, and makes a case for the role of youth as creative social assets and positive forces for social change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521005814
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/11/2002
Series:
Jacobs Foundation Series on Adolescence Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Contributorsix
Forewordxi
I.Setting the Context
1Comparative Perspectives of Urban Youth: Challenges for Normative Development3
II.Youth as a Force for Social Change
2Steering by the Stars: Youth in Cities21
3Children Show the Way: Participatory Programs for Children of South African Streets and Squatter Camps31
4Adolescents as Collaborators: In Search of Well-Being58
III.Urban Youth Experiences in Cross-Cultural Perspective
5Have Cities Ceased to Function as "Integration Machines" for Young People?87
6From Street Children to All Children: Improving the Opportunities of Low-Income Urban Children and Youth in Brazil113
7Youth Crime, Community Development, and Social Justice138
8Youth Violence Prevention in America: Lessons from 15 Years of Public Health Prevention Work165
9Social Learning and Community Participation with Children at Risk in Two Marginalized Urban Neighborhoods in Amman, Jordan191
IV.Work, Life Skills, and Well-Being
10Work by the Young: The Economic Activity of School-Aged Children217
11Life Skills for Ugandan Youth246
V.Prospect and Retrospect
12Prospect and Retrospect: Options for Healthy Youth Development in Changing Urban Worlds269
Index279

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